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Research on nonlinear optics at the University of Michigan, 1961 to 1964, laser education at Berkeley, 1964-1966; color centers, laser damages, and dye lasers at Raytheon, 1966-1973, and medical applications at University of Southern California, after 1973. Experimental laser techniques and their evolution and the institutional context of research at each of these sites. Also prominently mentioned are: John A. Armstrong, Nicolaas Bloembergen, Colin Bowness, William B.
First acquaintance with the laser idea in the late 1950s; rejection of Theodore Maiman's paper by Physical Review Letters; Trion Instruments; nonlinear optics researches; clear-air turbulence experiments; role in the Fordon Gould patent cases.
Background at the University of Michigan and with Trion Instruments Company. Manager of accessory-product development at Spectra-Physics. Coherent Radiation Inc.; the coherent CO2 laser. Spectra-Physics-Coherent rivalry. Coherent's service and customer-training policies. Sources of capital. Developing a commercial argon-ion laser. The start of profitability for Coherent in 1969.